Understanding mouth inflammation

Article written byElite Dental Group

A person’s mouth is generally a good way to assess a person’s overall health as many systemic diseases manifest themselves orally in the form of mouth inflammation. Which makes visiting a dentist at least twice annually a good practice to maintain good oral health and prevent disease.

Inflammation is the body’s alarm, signalling that an infection or a virus is harming the body. The most common symptoms of inflammation include pain, swelling, heat, and redness. Oral inflammation usually develops in the mouth and causes sores, swelling, burning, and difficulty opening the mouth. If any such symptoms appear, it is advisable to visit a dentist for a consultation.

Several conditions of mouth inflammation are generally caused by stress, nutritional deficiencies, and an impaired immune system. However, other conditions such as herpes simplex or herpes zoster (shingles) can also cause swelling. Additionally, fungal infections can cause thrush that can irritate the mouth. Allergies to food or drinks are also known to cause mild redness and sores.

At a dental exam, a dentist will examine a patient’s mouth and observe their symptoms. They will then do further tests to determine if the condition needs testing. Often most cases will receive treatment that can be taken orally or applied to the infected area. Inflammation in the mouth should be treated early as this will provide the patient with better treatment options.

To maintain good oral health and to reduce systematic inflammation specialists advise brushing twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush for 2 minutes and flossing at night. Additionally, consuming a healthy diet that is low in processed food and sugars and high in healthy lean meats, vegetables and fruits has been known to reduce overall inflammation while improving oral health.

Dr. Andre Eliasian is one of the leading dentists in oral surgery in Glendale CA. His clinic offers several services which include fillings, tooth extractions, and complex oral surgeries. If you are looking for wisdom tooth extraction in Glendale or dental implants in Glendale call for an appointment.